WORCESTER — If basketball is a game of inches, those inches came in the form height disparity Saturday morning at the DCU Center.
The Archbishop Williams girls used a distinct height advantage to dominate the boards — not to mention the scoreboard — in a 60-33 win over Lee in the Division 3 state championship. It’s the Archies’ first state title since 2008 and fourth overall.
With 6-foot-3 sophomore forward Jaylen Williams (14 points), 6-1 junior center Olivia Conrad (2) and 6-0 sophomore forward Alana Gilmer (14) in the Bishops’ starting lineup, the victors had no problem handling the 19-6 Wildcats.
Williams, who has an oral commitment to Penn State, easily won the tip-off and it was all Archbishop Williams (23-5) from there. The Archies jumped out to a 13-0 lead before Lee got on the board with 3:45 left in the first, and extended that lead to 29-15 by the half.
The second half featured more of the same, and had a bit of an anticlimactic finish with Archies nearly doubling up Lee for much of the last two quarters.
AW freshman guard Ednaija Lassiter netted nine of her 10 points on the game in the third quarter.
Lee subbed out its entire starting lineup with about a minute and a half left, and Archbishop Williams played five underclassmen for the last few minutes.
Lee senior guard Eileen Dooley netted 16 to lead the Wildcats.